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Projections: Greek conservatives win most votes

Socialist party head calls for coalition

- Associated Press - Sunday, May 6, 2012

ATHENS (AP) — Official projections in Greece's election showed the conservative New Democracy party winning the most votes, with 19.18 percent, far short of the amount needed to form a government.

The projections by Singular Logic data processing company on behalf of the Interior Ministry on Sunday showed New Democracy would hold 109 seats in the 300-member parliament. The leftist Syriza party was projected to get second place with 16.3 percent and 50 seats, and the formerly majority socialist PASOK lagged behind with 13.6 and 42 seats.

The margin of error was 0.5 percentage point.

Evangelos Venizelos, Greece's former finance minister and current PASOK leader, called for a broad coalition government of pro-European parties.

Mr. Venizelos said the results ruled out a two-party coalition with New Democracy.

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